Published On: Wed, Mar 21st, 2018

Pope Francis set to visit Ireland

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Pope Francis, the highest religious leader of the Catholic Church, is set to visit the European country of Ireland in August.

This is the first time the top leader of the church is visiting the most conservative country of Europe in last four decades.

It was in the 1979 that a pope of the church visited Ireland. Pope John Paul II was the last pope who visited the country.

Noteworthy, Pope Paul II’s visit drew high media attention as over two million people –almost half of the country’s population- attended the event organised for him.

Actually, Pope Francis is coming to attend the World Meeting of Families –an International event staged every three year for catholic families across the world.

This time, the pope of the Catholic Church is likely to attract more crowd than what his predecessor managed to attract.

The Prime Minister of Republic of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, is expected to meet the pope during the visit. He has already expressed his enthusiasm to meet the religious leader.

At this moment, it is not clear whether the pope will visit the Northern Ireland in his visit or not.

The Catholic Church extensively controlled the Irish society until early 90s. That was the reason why the progressive steps of the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the legalisation of divorce failed to find a place in the country’s law book until the early 90s.

Unlike Pope Paul II, Pope France is visiting a not-so-loyal society, at an unfriendly time, especially when the family members of the victims of the sexual abuses happened in the church-run institutions are unhappy with the religious leader’s silence over the issue.

 

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Pope Francis set to visit Ireland